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COVID-19 Information

Floyd County COVID-19 Hotline Ph#812-981-7610 / IND. Dept of Health Hotline Ph#877-826-0011 


The Health Department supports all citizens of Floyd County wearing a mask when in public.

If you have difficulty finding masks or have a need for one, please come to the Floyd County Health Department, 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, IN 47150, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

 


COVID-19 Update (As of September 18th at 11:23am)

- 61 deaths of Floyd Co. Residents

*1279 positives in Floyd County Residents (includes patients tested by ISDH)

*15,403 Total patients tested by Floyd County since 3/13/2020 (63 of these individuals are Awaiting Test Results)

*Numbers of tests conducted are compiled only from Floyd County Health Dept, Baptist Health Floyd Hospital and Medical Groups, and other Physician Offices in Floyd County. Numbers of patients tested does not include tests conducted by ISDH.

Week of 9/7/20 to 9/13/2020 (number of tests only compiled from FCHD and BHF Groups):

 - *37 positive cases
-  *670 Negitive Cases
-  68 Results Outstanding
 - *6.25% positive rate for week of 9/7/2020 through 9/13/2020

 

 


Level 5 

09/24/2020

 


Mask Mandate Extension

09/10/2020

The outbreak of the novel corona virus ( COVID-19) continues to plague our community. In the last week we have seen an increase in cases, despite the current mitigating measures. The State of Indiana has slowed the reopening stages; however, our daily rate of new illnesses continues to rise. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the illness. Measures such as hand hygiene, facial coverings, and social distancing are the most effective strategies to reduce the spread from infected persons to noninfected persons. Therefore, to protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission.

With this understanding, as the Floyd County Health Officer, I hereby order a facial covering mandate extension, pursuant to Indiana Code 16-20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq. The order will remain in effect for an additional 2 weeks, expiring 00:01 (12:01 AM) EDT 25 September 2020. The order may be extended depending on pandemic conditions.

Click here to view Mask Mandate Extension

 


ISDH funded Covid-19 Testing

09/08/2020

Just a reminder that we are starting our ISDH funded Covid-19 testing at the Floyd County 4H Fairgrounds today. Currently you must be pre-registered to be tested. Once you fill out the required information, you will be assigned a date and time for your test. Please pre-register at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Home/LocationSelection.

 Click here to download a Covid-19 Testing Flyer (pdf)


 

Health Dept. Announces Covid-19 Testing Site

9/3/2020

The Floyd County Health Department will offer a free COVID-19 testing site at the 4H Fairgrounds located at 2818 Green Valley Rd, New Albany IN 47150 beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 1pm to 6pm.  Normal testing hours will be:

  • Monday: 9am-2pm
  • Tuesday: 1pm-6pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-2pm
  • Thursday: 1pm-6pm
  • Friday: 9am-2pm
  • Saturday: 9am-1pm (closed on the 4th Saturday of each month)

Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 years of age can be tested with parental consent.

Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill. Walk-ins will be welcome, but to avoid waiting in line, individuals are encouraged to register for an appointment by visiting https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Home/LocationSelection or by calling 812-948-4726.

This testing is made possible through a grant from the Indiana Department of Health to ensure that community testing is available anywhere there is a need. Through this grant, all the testing supplies and equipment, including test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer and the platform for registration and data management, are provided. The grant continues through June 30, 2021, and is renewable.

The state-run Optum sites will continue to offer testing as well. A complete map of test sites across the state is available at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.

Click here to download a Covid-19 Testing Flyer (pdf)

 


ISDH Student/Faculty Return to School Guidelines

8/27/2020

The Indiana Department of Health is updating current guidance when a student or faculty/staff member can return to school due to COVID-19. This response requires being nimble to changing guidelines and recommendations, and more updates are expected in the future. The state health department greatly appreciates your understanding and vigilance.

Covid-19 Back to School Guidelines Introduction

Covid-19 School Guidelines


 

 

Return to School Decision Tool:

8/12/2020

Below is a guidance tool from ISDH that Floyd County will be using as students and staff begin to return to school this week.

 


Back on Track Indiana: Second Continuation of Stage 4.5

8-3-2020

Click here to view the State of Indiana Executive Order 20-39. 

 


Covid-19 Information Resources

8/3/2020

Beware that there is a lot of misleading and incorrect information being circulated by podcast and Facebook.  We want people to have good data, so we are listing these sources that are highly respected by the medical field.   

https:///www.Medscape.com 

https://www.e-medicine.com/ 

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/

 


 

Effectiveness of Mask Use/Social Distancing

July 28 2020

Several people have asked about scientific studies discussing the effectiveness of mask use and social distancing, alleging that supportive studies don't exist.

This is not the truth.

For example, an article published in Lancet on June 1, 2020 reviewed 172 observational studies across 16 countries and 6 continents, using comparative studies in healthcare and non-healthcare settings. A review of the data showed clear and convincing evidence that the use of social distancing and mask use reduced the transmission of Covid-19. The investigators concluded that the meta-analysis supported the current guidelines for physical distancing and that the correct use of face masks can reduce the number of infections. A short summary news article can be found at www.contemporarypediatrics.com, posted June 5,2020 by Miranda Hester.

The use of masks is not a civil rights issue or an attempt to control the population. Masks simply reduce the spread of Covid-19. This lowers the numbers of new cases, reduces the mortality rate, and speeds the return to normal education and societal function. Indeed, it has been projected that if 95% of the population wore masks as directed 33,000 lives would be saved in the US by October.

Reference: Chu DK, Aki EA, Duda S et. al., Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS CoV-2/ COVID-19. Lancet. June 1, 2020. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(20)31142-9

 


 

Floyd County Health Order Number 1-2020: Face Covering Mandate

July 23 2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community. In the last four (4) weeks we have seen an increase in cases, despite the current mitigating measures. The State of Indiana has slowed the reopening stages; however, our daily rate of new illnesses continues to rise. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the illness. Measures such as hand hygiene, facial coverings, and social distancing are the most effective strategies to reduce the spread from infected persons to noninfected persons. Therefore, to protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be established to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission.

With this understanding, and with the approval of the Floyd County Board of Health, as the Floyd County Health Officer, I hereby order a facial covering mandate, pursuant to Indiana Code 16-20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq. This order takes affect 00:01 (12:01 AM) EDT 24 July 2020. The order will remain in effect for six (6) weeks, expiring 00:01 (12:01 AM) EDT 11 September 2020. The order may be extended depending on pandemic conditions.

Every individual must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth when they are at:

  • An indoor area open to the public including public transportation
  • A private indoor or outdoor area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their households cannot be maintained
  • An outdoor public area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their household cannot be maintained
  • An enclosed public space or place of business.

A properly worn facial covering fully covers the individual’s mouth and nose, fits snuggly against the sides of the face with no gaps, is secured to prevent slipping, and allows for breathing with no restrictions. All face coverings that are not disposable should be washed each day before reuse. An adult should supervise the use of facial coverings by children age three (3)-twelve (12) to avoid misuse.

Exceptions to the policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Any child age two (2) or less
  • Any individual in respiratory distress
  • Any individual who is hearing impaired and needs to remove facial coverings to communicate
  • Any individual who has been advised, in writing, by a primary care provider that wearing a facial covering is detrimental to the individual’s health
  • Any individual who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance
  • Any individual who is directed to remove a facial covering by a law enforcement officer
  • Any employee engaged in work where a face covering would be deemed a hazard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Any restaurant or bar customer while they are dining
  • Any individual not in an area open to the public and where a social distance of six (6) feet can be maintained from non-household members [Ex. A single person private office]

The intent of this order is to provide a safe environment for all people in Floyd County, whether engaged in work, social, or everyday activities, by mandating the use of facial coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will protect public health in Floyd County. Nothing in this order reduces or eliminates the requirements imposed by the executive orders by Governor Holcomb or orders from other regulating governmental agencies. This order is intended to be used to educate, encourage, and persuade people to wear facial coverings.

Citizens should continue to use frequent hand washing or sanitizing; maintain a minimum social distance of six (6) feet; avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and most importantly, stay home and isolate yourself if you are sick.

 Thomas M. Harris MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer


 

Prom Event at The Grand

July 14 2020

The Floyd County Health Department has been made aware of a dance event held on July 10, 2020 at The Grand in New Albany Indiana that was attended by approximately 200 juniors and seniors from New Albany High School.  This event was not sanctioned by New Albany High School.  The number of attendees are within limits set forth by Governor Holcomb. However, news photos clearly show the  lack of social distancing and use of face masks by the participants.

Due to the recent Increase in Covld-19 cases in Floyd County, the Floyd County Health Department recommends that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing. If you attended the event at The Grand and develop symptoms of Covld-19 please contact the Floyd County Health Department for  testing at 812-948-4726.

 


Sports Play Update

June 9 2020

The Floyd County Health Department [FCHD] has received complaints regarding events at the Floyd County Community Club that occurred during the weekend of 7 June 2020.  A local pay–to-play team was involved in several games, the results of which were published on the internet.  An investigation is on-going.  A previous issue regarding the organization was reported to a local Little League organization by the Floyd County Parks Department.

Under the stages plan of Indiana’s reopening, team sport league play may not resume until 14 June 2020. Tournaments involving teams traveling from out of the county cannot start until after 3 July 2020, unless circumstances change as new cases are identified. “Scrimmages” and inter-team events are considered league play and should not occur until after the 14th.

People that attended this event are at a heightened risk for COVID-19.  The FCHD recommends that players, coaches, and families practice self-monitoring for the next 2 weeks.  If symptoms occur--including fever, chills, cough, diarrhea, muscle aches, and change in taste- please contact your Primary Care Provider or the FCHD for evaluation and testing.

Floyd County has done an excellent job in its community response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We are enjoying a slow but steady decline in new cases.  However, we require the cooperation and compliance of all Floyd County residents to continue this trend and finish the restrictions to business and play.

 


 

Procedural Mask Program for Gym and Movie Theater Workers 

May 21 2020

The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is starting a program to issue procedural masks to Gyms and Movie Theater workers. “We are donating the masks to facilitate a safer resumption of service during the start-up for the State.” said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd County Health Officer. The FCHD is also working with individual establishments to answer questions and address site specific concerns.

Under the Gym and Movie Theater Mask Program, managers will contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726, ext. 661 and arrange pick-up at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana. Managers can also present to the FCHD side door on Friday this week from 8:30am-3:45pm, as well as Tuesday (5/26/20) and Wednesday (5/27/20) from 8:30am until 3:00.

Please contact 812-948-4726 extension 661 for further information if you are a Gym or Movie Theater manager.

 


 

FCHD Procedural Masks for Personal Service Workers Program

May 13 2020

The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is starting a program to issue procedural masks to Personal Service workers. “We are donating the masks to facilitate a safer resumption of service during the start-up for the State.” said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd County Health Officer. The FCHD is also working with individual establishments to answer questions and address site specific concerns.

Under the Personal Service Mask Program, managers will contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726, ext. 661 and arrange pick-up at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana. Managers can also present to the FCHD side door Thursday and Friday this week from 8:30am-3:45pm, as well as Monday (5/18/20) from 8:30am until noon.

Please contact 812-948-4726 extension 661 for further information if you are a Personal Service manager.

 


 

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing - May 16th 

May 13 2020

Floyd County Health Department will be conducting a drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Purdue Technology at 3000 Technology Drive, New Albany on Saturday, May 16th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This is a drive-thru testing only. We will not accept any walk-ups or bicycles.

Individuals must be symptomatic to be tested with any of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, diarrhea, or headache. We will also test those who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient OR individuals with underlying health conditions OR individuals age 65 or older, OR essential county employees.

*Must bring Driver’s License or State Issued ID and an insurance card (if you have one).

**PLEASE NOTE: At the first stop, you will be screened for symptoms. FCHD staff will take a picture of your identification/insurance card and will take down your information before you proceed for testing.

 


 

Dining Mask Program initiated by the FCHD

May 6 2020

The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is starting a program to issue procedural masks to County retail food establishment workers. “We are donating the masks to facilitate a safer resumption of dining during the start-up for the State.” said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd County Health Officer. The FCHD is also working with individual establishments to answer questions and address site specific concerns.

Under the Dining Mask Program, food and beverage managers will contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726, ext. 660 and arrange pick-up at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana.  Managers can also present to the FCHD side door Thursday and Friday this week from 8:30am-3:45pm, as well as Monday (5/11/20) from 8:30am until noon.

Please contact 812-948-4726 extension 660 for further information if you are an industry manager.

 


 

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

May 6 2020

These guides are intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

 


 

State of Indiana Re-Opening Guidelines

May 4 2020

Provided below is the official State document for the upcoming re-opening stages and dates.

Click here to view the current Re-Opening Guidelines  

Related Information

 


 

Floyd County Health Dept. Announces Isolated Cluster of Cases

April 23 2020

Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is announcing an isolated cluster of COVID-19 cases at the Providence - A Diversicare Transitional Care Community on Charlestown Road in Floyd County. The facility has tested all consenting patients. There have been over 50 positive tests. Not all of the positive tests are currently symptomatic. Additionally, 13 staff have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus. There have been five deaths associated with this outbreak. FCHD is identifying this facility due to the number of cases to keep our county informed. FCHD has been involved on-site since the first cases were reported, over three weeks ago. Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has also made multiple visits to the site.

The FCHD and the ISDH are continuing to work with Providence in a response to the outbreak. The Health Department has been providing additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as in-service training to promote effective use of the PPE. ISDH has also assisted the facility with a Strike Team evaluation and Epidemiological support and analysis.

The facility has responded to input from ISDH and the FCHD with transparency and cooperation. Patients have been moved into areas to facilitate care of positive patients. This is called Cohort Placement. The facility has arranged for extra staff in this area. The facility no longer allows visitors and is screening staff before their shift starts. They reported that they have contacted family members of positive patients. Providence is working to keep patients in their rooms to avoid the spread of disease.

Additionally, they will not be taking new residents for at least the next seven days. The FCHD will continue to monitor and work closely with both Providence and the other nursing homes in our county, as other extended care facilities/nursing homes have reported positive cases. 

If additional information is required you can contact the FCHD at (812) 948-4726, or tharris@floydcounty.in.gov.

 


ER's are safe for non-COVID-19 Patients

April 22 2020

"ER's are safe for non-COVID-19 Patients", says Dr. Kevin Wurst, MD an Emergency Physician who practices in New Albany, Indiana.
Emergency rooms nationwide have seen a sharp reduction in volume since the onset of the pandemic, with some facilities seeing only half of their usual volume. Although social distancing, telemedicine and stay at home orders have been partially responsible, there is increasing evidence and concern that serious medical issues are being neglected as a result of fear of contracting COVID-19 at the hospital.

"We are starting to see patients whose health has been damaged by a delay in seeking Emergency Care," said Dr. Wurst. "People should not be afraid going to the hospital for emergencies and treatment for serious symptoms."

Floyd County Health Officer Tom Harris, MD, also an emergency medical physician, agrees. He emphasized that COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients are assessed and treated separately. "Our emergency room is masking all patients for safety, and is using triage measures to identify and evaluate people with other significant medical problems." In many ways the Emergency Departments in the area are safer than other venues due to the protective measures in place.

"I know that there is a fear of hospitals right now due to COVID-19, but we do not turn people away." Said Dr. Wurst. He notes that delay in treatment for serious complaints can lead to serious complications, giving the example of a serious heart attack that could have been avoided by earlier treatment.

People should know that it is safe to go to hospital emergency rooms for emergent complaints, and that there are people there with available tests and measures to help you, both physicians agree. No one is being turned away from the ER due to the Pandemic cases.
Patients are encouraged to act promptly with the warning signs of serious illness such a chest pain, passing out, severe shortness of breath, sudden numbness or weakness, acute vision problems or blindness, sudden difficulty in walking, severe headache, or severe bleeding.

For additional information: FCHD 812-948-4726, Dr. Tom Harris tharris@floydcounty.in.gov

 


 

Medical Phased Reopening Letter

April 21 2020

The Floyd County Health Department supports the phased re-opening plan promulgated by the Governor. Operations listed in the document below may start at 2359 Sunday, April 26th, 2020. Please continue social distancing measures as well as staff masking and hygiene measures. Scheduling for appointments and procedures on or after April 27th can be done now.

Click here for additional information

 


COVID-19 Testing at Floyd Central High School

 


 

Baptist Health Research Project

April 14th

Baptist Health is taking part in a research project involving plasma antibody therapy from people who have had Covid-19.  If you have had a documented Covid-19 infection and would like to donate plasma, please contact the individuals listed below.

 


 

Possible Covid-19 Exposure (Updated 4-6)

If you visited the following locations, you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

Save a Step
4016 Grantline Rd, New Albany, IN 47150
Dates: 3/30/2020; 3/31/2020: 10am-2pm 4/1/2020: 7am-2pm 4/2/2020: 7am-2pm

Baptist Lab Phlebotomy Station Suite 100
1919 State Street, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/17/2020- 3/18/2020

Spring Valley Funeral Home
1218 E. Spring Street, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/23/2020

Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine (Northgate)
3605 Northgate Court, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 03/16/2020

American Health Network
1919 State Street, Ste 440, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/9/2020, 3/10/2020, 3/13/2020, and 3/16/2020
 

Endodontics Associates of Southern Indiana
3018 Charlestown Xing, New Albany, IN 47150.
3/20/2020 only (last day person worked)

The Villages at Historic Silvercrest
1 Silvercrest Dr., New Albany IN 47150
Dates: March 17th only (last day worked)

If you begin to experience symptoms, please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726 or the COVID-19 hotline at 812-981-7610. 

 


 Govenor's Executive Order (Stay at Home Order)

On March 6, 2020 the Indiana Governor issued Executive Order 20-02, which declared that a public health emergency exists throughout the State of Indiana as a result of the Coronavirus.

Click here to view and read the Executive Order

 


 

Please Stay Home if Not Essential

The Floyd County Health Department is strongly encouraging citizens to follow the Governor’s instructions to limit non-essential travel and activity in our community.

First responders have not noted the expected significant reduction in traffic, although some decrease in road volume has been noted.

“We need everyone’s help,” stated Dr. Tom Harris, the Floyd County Health Officer. He urges people to avoid trips that can be postponed or are not critical. “Less people out and about translates to fewer chances to spread the illness, thus resulting in the desired flattening of the infection curve. People should ask themselves is this trip really necessary?”

If you have questions about essential activities, jobs, and businesses, please check our website: www.floydcounty.in.gov or the Governor’s website: www.in.gov/gov. You can always call the Floyd County Health Department at (812) 948-4726.

 


 

Closure Mandate Per Floyd County Health Officer Effective March 23, 2020   9:00 PM

In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Dr. Thomas Harris, Floyd County Health Officer, does hereby order a mandate for all non-essential retail services to close walk-in service to the public.

This includes, but may not be limited to:  automobile dealers (with exception of services), furniture stores, electronic & appliance stores (with the exception of services), cosmetic stores, personal care stores, salons & barber shops, tattoo parlors, clothing & shoe stores, jewelry stores, sporting goods stores, music shops, book stores, hobby/craft stores, florists, office supply/stationary/gift stores, libraries, fitness centers, karate schools and auctions.

Exemptions to this mandate are as follows:  auto & appliance repair services, car rentals, home & garden supply dealers, banks, credit unions & other financial services, grocery & markets, liquor stores, pharmacies, gas stations, supercenters, pet stores, and curbside & carryout food services.

All non-essential retail services shall remain closed, beginning March 23, 2020, 9:00 p.m., until further notification from the Floyd County Health Department.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.  Together we will prevail.

Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer

 


 

New Public Health Announcement

March 23rd, 2020

The Floyd County Health Department has announced the need for closure of Barber Shops, Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors, and Nail Salons. There is a high risk of transmission with these facilities. The anticipated closure time is two weeks. However, this may change as circumstances change.

If any information is needed, please contact the Floyd County Health Department, 9812-948-4726, ext. 656. The COVID-19 Hotline number is: 812-981-7610.

 


 

Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic

March 21, 2020

Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations.

Click here for more information on Child Care Operations

 


 

The FC Health Department is announcing a pilot project to test for COVID-19

We will be using a drive-thru format. Initially, the testing will be done in the parking lot of the Floyd County Health Department. This testing will only be done on prescreened patients. If you are currently testing, please continue this practice. Our tests will be run by a non-governmental lab. The intent is to identify and test patients that do not require immediate hospitalization.

The patients will be prescreened by the primary care provider or the Floyd County Health Department. The patient will then be given an arrival time. We are not doing on demand testing; the prescreening process is essential to avoid delays and wasted, unnecessary tests.

On arrival, the patient will have a copy of their government ID and insurance card (if available) made using an electronic device. We will ask them for contact numbers. A swab will be done of the nasopharynx. We will notify the patient of test results. We anticipate the testing process itself will take less than five minutes. The results may take several days to return.

We would like to emphasize that this process will not test people who show up without prescreening. We will not initially be testing walk-ins. Our initial service hours start on the 20th will be 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

This testing plan is a project in evolution. We will update you on changes in hours, format, and testing procedures. If you have any questions, please contact us at (812) 948-4726, ext. 656 

Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer

 


Two New Adult Identified Cases of COVID-19

March 20th

Floyd County Health Department is announcing two new adult identified cases of COVID-19 disease in Floyd County. This makes a total of five identified cases in Floyd County. The last two patients are on home quarantine and have not been admitted to the hospital.

An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

If further information is needed please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

 


 

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus

Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:

  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
  • Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

Click here for more information and recommendations from the Federal Trade Commission

 Related Scam Information: 

 


 

Update on Floyd County Court Operations

Updated from the Floyd County Circuit and Superior Courts and Magistrate Court

March 19th

CONTACTS:
Circuit Court (812) 948-5455
Superior Court 1 (812) 948-5450
Superior Court 2 (812) 948-5488
Superior Court 3 (812) 948-5257
Magistrate Court (812) 948-5486
Floyd County Clerk (812) 948-5411

The Judges of the Floyd Circuit and Superior Courts and the Floyd County Magistrate have received an Order from the Indiana Supreme Court on their Petition pursuant to Administrative Rule 17, which was filed in response to the emergency caused by COVID-19. A copy of the Supreme Court Order is attached to this press release for publication. Pursuant to the Order which gives all of the Floyd County Judges and Magistrate broad discretion on how to handle cases pending in his or her court, the Judges and Magistrate are currently evaluating all cases individually for handling. Thus, if you have a case pending with a hearing date, you must appear in Court unless otherwise notified by the Court. Attorneys and litigants are also encouraged to check the status of individual cases on mycase.in.gov and by contacting the court.

It continues to be ordered, in an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19, that only named parties and defendants and their attorneys should come to court hearings. Members of the public who need to do court business or business in the Clerk's Office in the City-County Building are ordered to only come into the building to do essential tasks which cannot wait until the current COVID-19 health emergency concludes. Family members and friends of litigants and of those doing court business or business in the Clerk's Office are ordered to stay home or remain outside City-County Building. Any litigant who is sick should request a continuance.

 


 

Third Case of COVID-19 Case in Floyd County

March 19th

Floyd County Health Department is announcing a third adult identified case of COVID-19 disease in Floyd County. The patient had been identified as a possible contact before arrival at the hospital and was treated under protocols from arrival at the emergency department at Baptist Floyd through admission. The patient remains hospitalized.

An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

If further information is needed please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

 


 


2nd Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Floyd County

March 16th

The Floyd County Health Department is announcing a second confirmed case of COVID-19 disease in Floyd County. The patient had been identified as a possible contact before arrival at the hospital and was treated under protocols from arrival at the emergency department at Baptist Floyd through admission. The patient remains hospitalized.

An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

If further information is needed please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

 


 

COVID-19 Patient Press Release

March 15th

The Floyd County Health Department has confirmed that a resident of Floyd County has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual is now being treated at Baptist Health Floyd. Within the last week the patient was identified to have attended the following events: 

(The patient is not a student and is an adult individual.)

  • Northside Christian Church, 3/8/2020, 11:30 service
  • IHSAA Boys Basketball Sectionals at Seymour High School on 3/7/2020
  • Color Guard Competition at Floyd Central High School on 3/7/2020
  • High School wrestling match at Floyd Central High School on 3/1/2020
  • Attended Caesar’s Casino of Southern Indiana on the following dates: 2/25/2020 thru 2/29/2020 and again from 3/3/2020 thru 3/7/2020 8a-4p on all days listed.
  • Tri County Shrine Club, 6:00pm-10:00pm on 02/18/2020, 02/25/2020, and 03/10/2020.

If you were present at these facilities and have developed fever, cough, weakness, and diarrhea, please self-quarantine and contact your primary care provider for additional guidance.

If you do not have a primary care physician, please call the Indiana State Department of Health at: 317-233-7125 / after hours 317-233-1325

 


 

Gov. Holcomb Announces More Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Press Release - March 16th

INDIANAPOLIS — In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.

The governor and other state officials will conduct a COVID-19 briefing today at 2:30 p.m. in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse with the latest updates on testing and cases.

Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb.

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
  • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
  • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28
  • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
  • Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org

More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 


 

CDC Recomendations on Social Gatherings

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta has issued additional information regarding and recommendations social gatherings.

Issued last night, the guidance for cancelling or postponing all events that involve more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks, throughout the United States. Examples of large events and mass gatherings includes conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assembly. The directive does not apply to “the day to day operations of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses.

The objective of this plan is to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in areas already affected by the virus.

Events of any size should only be considered if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines that protect vulnerable populations, allow good hygiene, and comply with social distancing. Virtual events are not affected.

Further information is available at the CDC website www.CDC.gov or by calling the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726.

Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Dept. 

 


 

The Floyd County Health Department Recommends the following:

  • Thorough handwashing: washing hands vigorously for 30 seconds using plenty of soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching your face: keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home if you are ill: allow flexibility for sick staff members to stay home and provide opportunities to work remotely if possible
  • Avoid physical contact: instead of shaking hands, practice safer interactions like elbow bumping
  • Advise any staff or clients experiencing symptoms to call their provider’s office prior to going in for care


IU Health Virtual Clinic Offers free Coronavirus Screening

IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.

The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care, and provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

How can you access the hub?

  1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
  2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  3. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

Source: https://iuhealth.org/news-hub/iu-health-virtual-clinic-offers-free-coronavirus-screening

 


 

EPA’s List of Registered Disinfectants for Use Against Covid-19

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